For a very long time, we are hearing rumors about the comeback of the famous cubby crossover. The initial launch was back in 2003 and this model was in production until 2011. Since then, we are hearing reports about the possible comeback. While the officials have always been quiet on this matter, the latest rumors suggest that the chances are bigger than ever. Allegedly, the new model could come back already as the 2022 Honda Element.
However, keep in mind that things are a little bit different than they were back in 2003. Now, Honda already has a filled-up lineup, so many believe that chances are minimal, as the HR-V already competes in the subcompact segment. On the other side, others believe that the Element’s unique design approach is enough reason to see it once again. So, we suggest you take the following paragraphs with a reserve, as they are based on rumors and speculations.
2022 Honda Element Redesign
When it comes to the overall design, there is no doubt that the new 2022 Honda Element would feature the same design approach as the original. This means a small and boxy layout, which makes it both practical and maneuverable. We don’t expect that the new model would be much bigger than the original, as the whole point is to offer a perfect urban vehicle. Something between 103 and 105 inches in wheelbase would be a perfect measure, we believe.
Styling has always been one of the strongest points of this crossover. Its cubby layout was one of the key reasons why people liked it. At the same time, it such a shape was providing a high level of practicality. Therefore, we don’t believe that the overall shape could be much different. On the other side, the front end should feature a far more contemporary approach. Would it follow the brand’s design language, or we would rather see something more exclusive, it is hard to tell at this point. The fact is that it would be really hard to implement stying solutions from CR-V or HR-V on this model but on the other side, the Odyssey’s front end would be quite suitable.
Of course, we would expect to see a lot of exclusive details. Some of them could be borrowed from the original, such as sliding rear doors etc. At this point, it’s really hard to go into details.
Once again, we have to look at the original as a reference. A boxy shape certainly brings benefits in terms of interior space. The 2022 Honda Element would continue in the same way, offering plenty of space for the passenger and, more importantly, a huge cargo area for the class. Not only that it would be large in terms of numbers but the boxy shape would also provide a high level of practicality and allow bulky objects to fit in with ease.
When it comes to the dashboard, we count on a decent amount of funky details, which are necessary for this segment. A fancy-looking dash would e complemented with a decent list of tech features but we definitely don’t expect to see some spectacular overall quality. In order to cut production costs, Honda would probably use mostly hard plastics, which is a typical thing for the segment.
2022 Honda Element Engines
This aspect shouldn’t bring any surprises. Of course, some sort of electrification is always possible but we presume that Honda would rather stick with traditional gasoline units. Base models would probably feature a good-old 2.0-liter inline-four, which is good for 158 horsepower. Those who look for something peppier would probably have a choice of an optional 1.5-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 190 horsepower and offers pretty good driving dynamics. Both engines would come in pair with a CVT gearbox.
Some sources even talk about the possibility to see the 2022 Honda Element as an all-electric vehicle. We wouldn’t exclude this possibility, but the real chances are actually pretty small for this.
2022 Honda Element Release Date and Price
At this point, the 2022 Honda Element is just a rumor. So, don’t rely too much on reports that suggest its arrival for the next year. If it arrives, our rough estimation is that base models would go somewhere between 20.000 and 25.000 dollars.